Overnight sensation Obama now a White House hope

Overnight sensations are rare in modern politics, but Barack Obama comes closer to fitting that description than any American in recent memory.

28th October, 2006

Overnight sensations are rare in modern politics, but Barack Obama comes closer to fitting that description than any American in recent memory.

Two years ago, Obama was an obscure figure, serving his time in the State Senate of Illinois.

Last week, having in the interim become the sole African-American in the US Senate, he admitted he was contemplating a run for the American presidency in 2008.

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